Complete streets consider and encourage alternative modes of transportation beyond vehicular travel alone, such as cyclists, pedestrians, public transit, school bus riders, delivery and service personnel, freight haulers, and emergency responders, resulting in a more complete, safer transportation network.
To better serve the residents and visitors of the City of Westerville, the complete streets concept has been adopted by the City, and its principles are being incorporated into current roadway improvement projects. A transportation system that follows the general intent of the complete streets concept may include the following:
- Roadways with narrower travel lanes, roundabouts, well marked pedestrian crosswalks, or raised center medians
- Roadways that incorporate wider sidewalks, bike lanes, and accessibility to public transportation
- Pedestrian and bicycle connections between schools, public facilities, office/retail centers to residential neighborhoods
- Amenities such as landscape treatments, street furniture, and bicycle parking to enhance the street environment and overall appeal to the transportation network
Complete streets are safer and more accessible for people of any age, whether on foot, bicycle, or in an automobile. Complete streets also strengthen communities by providing convenient interconnectivity between neighborhoods, parks, and local businesses.
Bike lanes are the portion of the roadway which has been designated by striping, signing and pavement marking for preferential or the exclusive use by bicyclists. Bicycle lanes make the movements of both motorists and bicyclists more predictable.
According to Ohio law, bicycles are considered vehicles. This means bicyclists have the same rights as motor vehicle drivers and must follow the same rules. Bicycles are permitted on all roads except limited-access highways. Generally, bicyclists should not be expected or encouraged to use sidewalks. Westerville does not prohibit sidewalk cycling, but many jurisdictions do.
Shared Lanes (Sharrows)
Shared lane markings, also known as sharrows, remind motorists of the presence of bicyclists, guide bicyclists to position themselves safely, and discourage wrong-way bicycling. Sharrows are most appropriate on roadways with speed limits up to 35 mph.
On streets with on-street parking, sharrows guide bicyclists to avoid the (car) door zone. In such cases, the center of each sharrow is 14 feet, 8 inches from the curb.